Shared historical events, a border that promotes exchanges of multiple natures, and complementary economies that facilitate the integration of value chains have turned Mexico and the United States into major trading partners and strategic allies.
This book presents, in a simple fashion yet with hard data, several examples of the factors that have transformed Mexico and the United States of America from neighbors to close friends: history, geography and trade.
Juan Carlos Mendoza and Tania Miranda remind us of the influence of the U.S. political model on Mexico, the defense of shared values that link the U.S. Civil War with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, and the joint struggle against Nazism and Fascism in World War II.
At the same time, they speak of why the border has become a key element in the mutual security of the two nations and describe how proximity facilitates the flow of tourism, labor mobility, and changes in places of residence. Whereas some 12 million Mexican-born live in the United States today, more than a million and a half Americans have made Mexico their homes.
Finally, they assert that free trade has enabled these complementary economies to build value chains that make them both more productive and competitive internationally. What’s more, these value chains have generated millions of jobs in both countries, as well as a greater flow of reciprocal investment and prosperity for the two economies.
Millions of people on both sides of the border are unaware of this reality at this crucial time for the future of the bilateral relation. Therefore, the authors, both Mexicans who have worked at the Mexican Consular Network, including the Embassy in Washington D.C., present a recollection of facts and data that reveal the importance of the relationship of the two nations, where the interaction of their people have led to a binational culture that, together with Canada, identifies them as North America.